23 days in Boston, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

23 days in Boston, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

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23 days in Boston, Pennsylvania & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + bus:  32​h
1
Boston
— 5 nights
foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— 7 nights
3
Washington DC
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
End: Adelaide

5
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Peabody Essex Museum (in Salem), Sandwich (Sandwich Glass Museum & Heritage Museums & Gardens) and Brewster Gardens (in Plymouth). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Fenway Park, get engrossed in the history at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boston Common, and make a trip to Boston Public Library.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Boston travel planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Boston is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Adelaide to Boston. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in June; daily highs in Boston reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Boston

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandwich, Provincetown, Brookline Booksmith, Brewster Gardens, Peabody Essex Museum
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Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Fenway Park ©
Fenway Park
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden

7
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Independence Hall, try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boston to Philadelphia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Boston in June, expect Philadelphia to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Harrah's Philadelphia, Chanticleer, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens
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Chanticleer ©
Chanticleer
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

6
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, ponder the world of politics at Library of Congress, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Arlington
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the history at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, and then take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Lion Potter, contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, then take in the views from Sachs Covered Bridge, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, and finally get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Washington DC to Gettysburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gettysburg, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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